The Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets are primed for a Week 9 clash as both teams hope to get back on track. In the latest articles, this is looking more like a critical game not only for the Jaguars but also for the Jets.
"Todd Bowles, the Jets’ rookie head coach, has now lost two straight games for the first time. How will he handle this adversity, as the Jets try to remain a playoff contender in the season’s second half?The Jets can begin answering that question next Sunday at home against the 2-5 Jaguars, who are coming off a bye week, but look entirely beatable.It’s a huge game for the Jets, since 5-3 feels worlds different than 4-4 at the season’s midpoint, a week into November."
"There are nine games remaining on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ schedule. All of them are winnable, especially the first six games once they return from their bye week to play the New York Jets at home.If there is a team to keep an eye on once the second half of the season starts, it might be these Jaguars. That’s not my homerism talking; that’s the notion that the team — which is 2-5 and should be 4-3 or even 5-2 — is in a division that is arguably the weakest in the NFL. Teams can make the playoffs with a losing record, and once you get to the dance, everything else changes."
"On the opening drive, Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered ligament damage to his left hand and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. However, on the team’s final drive of the game trailing 34-20, Geno Smith took a shot to the chest and left the game for two plays. Fitzpatrick came back into the game with his left hand wrapped up, completing a 26-yard pass to Jeremy Kerley.After the game, head coach Todd Bowles elaborated on the injuries a bit, saying Fitzpatrick suffered torn ligaments in his thumb and would undergo an MRI on Monday. Fitzpatrick said he “couldn’t grip the ball with his left hand,” though there’s no issue with pain tolerance. Additionally, Smith injured his left shoulder and abdomen on the final drive and will need further evaluation."